Georgia’s economic relationship with the Netherlands supported 23,800 jobs in the state in 2012, according to the latest figures compiled by the Dutch embassy in Washington.
The jobs number is up from nearly 21,000 compiled in a 2012 study.
Nationwide, the economic relationship supported 685,000 jobs, showing that the European country of just 17 million people still has an outsize impact on the U.S. employment relative to its population size.
Between 2010 and 2012, Dutch companies invested $35 billion in the U.S., raising the stock of Dutch investment to $275 billion across the nation. American investment in the Netherlands grew even faster, rising $50 billion to $645 billion in total during the same period and making the Netherlands the No. 1 recipient of U.S. foreign direct investment, according to the embassy.
Georgia was the No. 8 among states by value of exports to the Netherlands, with sales totaling $654.1 million.
The developments in the report were by no means groundbreaking, as the Netherlands has long been a significant investor in the U.S., but officials said the steady upward trend in the economic relationship was enough to celebrate.
“This report shows again that the relationship between the Netherlands and the U.S. simply works,” said Remco Zeeuw, minister of economic development at the Dutch embassy, in a news release.
Dutch ambassador Rudolf Bekink released the new numbers June 20 at the first Holland on the Hill ceremony, which celebrated entrepreneurism and honored contributions to the bilateral economic relationship.
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